UFC: Stop Rewarding Fighters for Making Rape Jokes
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UFC: Stop Rewarding Fighters for Making Rape Jokes

    1. Petition by

      Emmily Bristol

      Las Vegas, NV

The UFC has a serious problem with sexual violence toward women and hate speech toward the LGBT community that needs a swift and strong official response. Lately, there has been a string of sexually violent messages coming from UFC fighters and yet the organization has been inconsistent at best when handling the issue. And their history of anti-gay comments is, unfortunately, a long one.

It is time for the UFC to enact a code of conduct -- much like other professional sports leagues -- and hold its athletes accountable.

Recently, top UFC fighter Forrest Griffin tweeted that "rape is the new missionary.” Less than a month later, during a pre-fight press conference fighter Rashad Evans threatened, "I’m going to put my hands on you worse than that dude did them other kids at Penn State” These things apparently come in threes, because the day before Evans' comments, fellow fighter Miguel Torres tweeted, “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises."

To many in the mixed martial arts community and the media, the UFC's handling of these incidents exposes the real thought process behind how the UFC: It's all about the money. Torres (who was fired) was expendable, but Evans is a big draw and headliner, and therefore seemingly too important to discipline. Interestingly, Torres has been re-hired, which just makes the initial reaction seem more like a publicity stunt to tame criticism than a true and decisive message to end such actions from athletes who are supposed to be professionals.

It's time for the UFC to issue an official statement condemning these recent hateful, violence outbursts and commit to developing a professional code of conduct for its fighters. If the UFC wants to be in prime time like other big league sports -- and their new $700 million deal with FOX Sports is sure opening the door -- then you have to act like the big leagues.

 

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    1. NCASV joins the fight!

      Emmily Bristol
      Petition Organizer

      The Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence has officially signed on in support of this petition and is calling on the UFC to enact a code of conduct to address a pattern of inappropriate comments about sexual violence.

    2. UNLV's Jean Nidetch Women's Center signs on in support!

      Emmily Bristol
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! The Jean Nidetch Women's Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has signed on in support of this petition. Thanks so much to them for supporting this campaign and encouraging the UFC to clean up its act and enact a code of conduct!

    3. Why Is the UFC Paying Fighters for Making Rape Jokes?

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      In these modern times, athletes are considered heroes and icons to thousands, sometimes millions, of people. Even compared to the idols we make of celebrities and musicians, athletes remain our anointed heroes. They often come with backstories that...

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. New page to track latest news!

      Emmily Bristol
      Petition Organizer

      There's a new page dedicated to this campaign on The Sin City Siren! Check for updates often!

    6. We're taking the fight to the UFC!

      Emmily Bristol
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all the support from around the world, we are changing the target of our petition from FOX Sports to the UFC directly. It is the UFC, after all, who needs to address the rash of incidents of rape jokes and messages condoning sexual violence. The UFC is emerging as a major sports organization and it is time they acted like it. Let's work together to encourage them to do the right thing and enact a code of conduct now!

    7. Reached 200 signatures
    8. UFC President Dana White makes ANOTHER rape joke!

      Emmily Bristol
      Petition Organizer

      UFC President Dana White made a rape joke on twitter! This makes the FOURTH rape joke by someone affiliated with the UFC in just one month! Let's send a clear message to FOX that the UFC needs to clean up it's act! Please share this petition with all your friends! We need to send a message that rape is not funny!

    9. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Lynette Allen SOPHIA, WV
      • over 2 years ago

      This is DISGUSTING - HE SHOULD BE BANNED!!!! Miguel Torres tweeted, “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises."

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    • Tiffany Pascal GRAND FORKS, ND
      • over 2 years ago

      As a martial artist, I learned to be respectful and protective of others. The UFC is a testosterone-driven brawl. It has nothing to do with the integrity and honor associated with a true martial art. I learned combat to protect myself and others, not to commit rape or talk trash. These people are supposed to be protectors and sportsmen. Rape is one of the most horrifying crimes, and it's a shame that people who acquire this kind of physical power would rather use it to promote violence against women as well as men and the LBGTIQ community.

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      • over 2 years ago

      Because I have been a fan of the sport, but I refuse to watch something that is going to think treating other people this way is ok!!

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    • Ulla Solberg BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      In these matters it is never "just a joke". Tasteless and cruel. UFC, please demand decent standards for public display.

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    • G. R. Gray STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

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